Jim Mothersbaugh joined Devo around the time in between their two Creative Arts festivals. His first concert was at the Creative Arts Festival on April 23rd, 1974. His last performance was at the WHK Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio 1975 on Halloween. He played only 8 confirmed shows with the band. He was usually referred to as "Jungle Jim" during performances. The drums he used were homemade electronic drums.[1]
Jim is the brother of Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh. He was born on January 18th, 1956, making him the youngest Mothersbaugh that has been in the band. More obscure than General Boy, more overlooked than Bob Casale, Jim Mothersbaugh performed and recorded with Devo for two years, '74 to '75, and came back for filming of the Truth About De-Evolution in the summer of '76. Jim worked behind the scenes in support of Devo during the period when his replacements Alan and David were sequentially in the band. Jim often programmed sequencers for Mark. Jim was on a team that developed the MIDI interface. Jim's work with Roland helped Devo get access to Roland's newest synths, sequencers, and drum machines.
Jim remained in Akron and helped strengthen his local community. He is also the founder and president of an electronic design, testing and manufacturing company. [2]
Jim makes regular appearances at Devotionals.


  1. (2010-14-7). "The Secret History of Devo" by Chris Willman. 3. A TWISTED PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION (Also in August 2010 SPIN magazine.)
  2. Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio). QUALITY TALK SAVES TIME \ FALLS ELECTRONICS FIRM'S BOSSES HAVE LEARNED GOOD COMMUNICATION IMPROVES EFFICIENCY by MARY VANAC, Beacon Journal business writer. "Business Matters" column, Page D-1. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News (Sun, 25 Jun 1995).

External Links

Jim Mothersbaugh Artist - Discography -- Discogs
Jim Mothersbaugh Person - Overview -- MusicBrainz
Jim Mothersbaugh Credits -- AllMusic
Jim Mothersbaugh Filmography -- IMDb
Jim Mothersbaugh -- Wikipedia article

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